Sunday, August 20, 2006

The New Tylenol Scare? Explosives disguised as cosmetics and sports drinks

Following the foiled plot to blow up planes leaving the UK, manufacturers of cosmetics and beverages are facing a new and unexpected threat: use of their packaging to conceal explosives. Airports have responded by not only banning liquids and gels - but also creating 'sterile' zones beyond security. The question, of course, is: how can one tell that the products haven't been tampered with? Most foods and beverages have tamper-evident packaging - but many liquid products do not. Most concerning was the revelation that one of the plotters worked at the airport. A new level of product integrity is required: the ability to determine with high confidence that a product has not been maliciously tampered with.